Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Shawn Simpson

2 NHL Games

April 24, 1988 Washington Capitals vs New Jersey Devils. 4-1 win.
April 23, 1990 Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers. 7-1 win.

  Shawn Simpson had a strong junior career in the OHL. The Washington Capitals made him the first goalie selected in the 1986 NHL entry draft. In 1987 he represented Canada at the World Junior Championships.

    Simpson had two short stints in the NHL and both came under emergency circumstances during the playoffs. April 24, 1988 the Washington Capitals were facing the New Jersey Devils in game four of the Division Finals. During the second period of the game, Capitals goalie Pete Peeters was injured and taken off the ice in a stretcher. Clint Malarchuk took his place in goal and a nervous 19-year-old Shawn Simpson was asked to put his gear on and serve as the Capitals backup goalie for the remainder of the game. Simpson had just been recalled from his junior hockey team and had never played a game of pro hockey. At one point during the game it looked like Malarchuk might also be hurt, but he pulled through and Simpson never left the bench. 

The Herald Statesman, NY - April 25, 1955.

   April 23, 1990 the Washington Capitals were playing the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Don Beaupre was injured three minutes into the game and forced to leave. Mike Liut took over in net but the Capitals were left scrambling to find another backup goalie. They called in Simpson, who was the third string goalie for Washington's AHL team in Baltimore. At the time Baltimore was playing a playoff game and Simpson was acting as colour commentator for the radio broadcast, a job he was known to do when he didn't dress. Simpson quickly made his way down the highway, from one arena to another, and got to the NHL game in time to sit on the bench for the third period. 

   Simpson spent many years working in the Capitals organization after he retired from playing. He rose up the ranks to Director of Hockey Operations. After leaving the Capitals he worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs as a pro scout, a position he held until 2008. He currently works as an on-air personality with TSN radio. 

  • Wore #30 with Washington Capitals

Career stats from
Born  -- Gloucester, ONT
Height 5.11 -- Weight 155
Drafted by Washington Capitals round 3 #60 overall 1986 NHL Entry Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1985-86Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL42062233219515.881026111650.842---
1986-87Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL462152673184204.13410
1987-88Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL572203214234124.37600
1988-89Oshawa GeneralsOHL331101818131104.3218103610
1988-89Baltimore SkipjacksAHL100607007.00010250.781---
1989-90Baltimore SkipjacksAHL151273345003.686413110.874---
1990-91Baltimore SkipjacksAHL190285973005.107603790.838100

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